Pennsylvania

  • November 20, 2017

    Accused Ponzi Conspirator Can't Trim Charges, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania judge on Friday ruled that a man accused of helping run a $54 million Ponzi scheme must face charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, finding that a longer statute of limitations applies to the charges because the government sufficiently alleged his conduct affected a financial institution.

  • November 20, 2017

    Law Firm Shakes Foreclosure Fee Suit In Pa. Appeals Court

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday that it would not revive class claims accusing Udren Law Offices PC of illegally collecting excessive fees in connection with mortgage foreclosure actions against homeowners.

  • November 20, 2017

    J&J Says Applicant Must Arbitrate Background Check Claims

    A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday to order that a would-be employee must arbitrate claims that he unfairly lost his job offer due to a background check, noting she has already ordered the man to arbitrate his closely intertwined allegations against the staffing company that facilitated the hiring process.

  • November 20, 2017

    Gov't Defends Fuel Efficiency Penalty Delay At 2nd Circ.

    The federal government and an automakers group on Friday asked the Second Circuit to deny five Democratic attorneys general and a group of environmentalists’ request that it vacate a delay of an Obama-era rule raising the penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards.

  • November 20, 2017

    Porter Wright Snags Ex-Jones Day Atty For Pittsburgh Office

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has landed a former Jones Day partner to serve as a litigation partner in its recently launched Pittsburgh office.

  • November 20, 2017

    Alleged Sandusky Victim Says PSU Duped Him Into Deal

    An alleged victim of convicted sex offender and onetime Pennsylvania State University football coach Jerry Sandusky filed suit in state court on Friday, claiming that the school duped him into settling his abuse claims for a fraction of what other alleged victims received.

  • November 17, 2017

    Appeals Court Says Ex-Tyco Worker Can't Duck Noncompete

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday said it would not throw out a preliminary injunction aimed at enforcing the noncompete provision in an ex-Tyco Fire Products LP sales manager’s employment agreement after he left the company to join a competitor.

  • November 17, 2017

    Colgate Says Experts' Nix Undermines Philly Talc Case

    The recent exclusion of two expert witnesses for a customer alleging Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s talcum powder contained asbestos that caused her mesothelioma means Colgate should not face trial in the matter, the company told a Philadelphia judge on Thursday.

  • November 17, 2017

    Landowners Ink $11M Deal In Royalty Fight With Exxon Unit

    Pennsylvania landowners on Thursday told a Pennsylvania federal court that they’ve reached an $11 million settlement to end claims that an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary bilked them out of royalties they were owed under oil and gas lease agreements without the company admitting to any wrongdoing. 

  • November 17, 2017

    EEOC Wins Sex Orientation Bias Suit Against Pa. Health Clinic

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notched a win Thursday as a Pennsylvania federal judge slapped a Pittsburgh-area medical clinic with a statutory maximum fine after agreeing that a gay former employee was subjected to harassment and discriminatory treatment based on his sexual orientation.

  • November 17, 2017

    Pa. Worker's Actions At Protest Don't Bar Unemployment Pay

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has refused to bar a restaurant worker from getting unemployment benefits despite losing his job after an altercation outside his workplace with individuals protesting a police-involved shooting.

  • November 17, 2017

    Claims Servicer Fights To Manage NFL Concussion Awards

    A claims management service assisting former NFL players with a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries urged a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to allow the ex-players to pay a portion of their awards to third-party lenders and claims services providers, saying the court lacks jurisdiction over the nonparties.

  • November 17, 2017

    Philly Wants Suits Against Property Revaluation Plan Tossed

    The city of Philadelphia asked a state court judge on Thursday to toss two lawsuits challenging its effort to raise $118 million in new tax revenue through targeted property revaluations, saying the petitioners were first obligated to appeal their new assessments.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive FCA Suit Against CVS Caremark

    In a precedential ruling Thursday, the Third Circuit affirmed a Pennsylvania federal judge’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against CVS Caremark Corp., finding that although the lower court’s reasoning was wrong, the whistleblower failed to show the alleged misrepresentations were important to the government’s decision to pay claims under Medicare Part D.

  • November 16, 2017

    Xarelto Witness-Tampering Testimony Barred, For Now

    A Pennsylvania state judge said Wednesday that, for now, he would not allow jurors in an ongoing trial over injuries allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto to hear from a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. sales representative suspected of trying to influence a doctor’s testimony in the case.

  • November 16, 2017

    Railroads Get New Trial After Occupational Injury Verdict

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday overturned a $600,000 jury verdict against CSX Transportation Inc. and other railroad companies over a former employee’s occupational injuries, granting the railroads a new trial on the basis that counsel for the employee introduced precluded evidence and made a prejudicial comment at trial.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive RICO Claims Over Allied Bankruptcy

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday found that investment firm Yucaipa Cos. Ltd. had no standing for its $170 million RICO suit claiming two hedge funds conspired to wipe out its debt claim against bankrupt car hauler Allied Systems Holdings Inc.

  • November 16, 2017

    Pa. Firm Sues Accountant For Failing To Catch Embezzlement

    A Philadelphia-based law firm launched a malpractice suit in state court on Wednesday accusing its former accountant of failing to catch on as a paralegal embezzled more than half a million dollars.

  • November 16, 2017

    Prosecutors Slam Pa. Mayor's Bid To Toss Graft Indictment

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday ripped Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s effort to stamp out the corruption case against him, saying his claims that they failed to present exculpatory evidence to an investigating grand jury were both legally and factually flawed.

  • November 16, 2017

    NFL Wants Hernandez CTE Suit Paused For MDL Ruling

    The National Football League urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to pause a lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s daughter over his late-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy pending a panel decision about whether to transfer the case to multidistrict litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Hidden Dangers Of The Fluctuating Workweek Method

    Jeffrey Cadle

    A recently approved multimillion-dollar settlement agreement in Acevedo v. BrightView Landscapes, a hybrid collective/class action covering 27 states, illustrates the limitations of fluctuating workweek plans, and potential pitfalls for employers who utilize this payment method, says Jeffrey Cadle of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Pennsylvania NOL Cap Ruling Presents Taxpayer Challenges

    Jeffrey Friedman

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that the state’s flat $3 million cap on net operating loss carryforwards violates the state constitution’s uniformity clause. While the court’s reasoning is based upon the application of a Pennsylvania constitutional provision, it may be applicable to other states that have net operating loss carryforward caps, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.